The American Israel Public Affairs Committee announced Friday evening that two of its annual, Washington, D.C., conference attendees from New York tested positive for the coronavirus.
“We have confirmed that at least two Policy Conference attendees from New York have tested positive for the coronavirus,” AIPAC said in a letter sent to everyone who attended.
Bernie Sanders supporters online wasted no time in mocking the pro-Israel group for the serious healthcare threat posed to their bipartisan conference attendees.
“Justice is served,” wrote one, while others simply laughed or wrote, “lol”.
Anti-Biden, pro-Bernie accounts such as the one below offered up a “chef’s kiss”, and pro-Palestinian accounts chimed in with “too meta. lol”.
The reactions follow weeks of back and forth between AIPAC and Bernie Sanders and his supporters.
“I remain concerned about the platform AIPAC provides for leaders who express bigotry and oppose basic Palestinian rights. For that reason I will not attend their conference,” Sanders tweeted last week.
Sanders had never attended the AIPAC conference, and his statement was widely viewed as a way to rile up his anti-Israel supporter base.
The Bernie Bros – much like the hardline, socialist “CyberNats” during the Scottish referendum in the United Kingdom in 2014 – have come under much scrutiny for their demeanor both in person and online.
James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas group uncovered high-level Bernie staffers making violent threats.
“If Bernie doesn’t get the nomination or it goes to a second round at the DNC Convention, f**king Milwaukee will burn,” said senior Bernie organizer Kyle Jurek, adding: “We’re going to make 1978 [he means ’68] look like a f**king girl’s scout f**king cookout,” referring to riots in more than 100 American cities.
More recently Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who recently ended his campaign for president and threw his support behind Joe Biden, addressed the problem amongst Bernie Bros during a televised debate.
“…at a certain point you’ve got to ask yourself, why did this pattern arise? Why is it especially the case among your supporters,” the ex-South Bend Mayor asked of Senator Sanders.
Still, at least there was one level-headed(ish) Bernie Bro in the AIPAC comments on Twitter. Patrick Bruck wrote, “I hate you guys, but I hope everyone is safe and gets tested and recovers”.
Hate might be a strong word to use for a bipartisan group like, AIPAC, but it’s better than what others had to offer: